I've run into a few Pro photographers while out shooting. The most recent was at a local farm. I was shooting my RB67. A guy walks out of a door and starts asking about my camera. Turns out hes a pro who shoots mostly sports and sports team portraits, but was there shooting some freelance stuff for a local kitchen tour. He started talking to me about how he remembered the "film days". In the end, he actually offered to sell me his old Bronica ETRS, 2 120 backs, a 75mm and 150mm lens and speed grip for $200! Thats at least $600 worth of equipment on the used market. He said he had held onto it hoping to shoot film more, but it just never happened. He would rather see it go to good use by someone still shooting film than have it just sit on his shelf.

Not all encounters with professionals are bad ones!